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A Trip to Italy

This month has been an awesome one.  The day after my last entry I went with some girls on my team so Stockholm to go shopping.  We borrowed another teammate’s car and drove down for the day; it was a lot of fun, especially because we were cracking jokes about the tiny car the entire ride.

I have been continuing my walks around town and taking lots of pictures. At the start of the month it was fall and it was absolutely beautiful with all of the changing leaves.  It started to get quite cold during the days and then we got our first snow on October 15, but the snowfall only lasted about 5 minutes long.  We had three weeks off without any games, and we had one weekend off.  I went with some of the girls to watch the men’s game and then went out partying afterwards.  There is only one small bar in town, but with the girls it always turns out to be a good time.

It snowed again the night of the 20th.  The snow stuck that time for about ten days.  I have been walking around town a lot more and to the rink because my bike has a flat tire.  My coach is going to help me fix it, but it hasn’t happened yet.  The roads were very icy while the snow was on the ground, but people were still riding their bikes around, I guess I can do the same once my tire is fixed.

After three weeks off we finally had games on the 30th and 31st, we played against Linkopings and Segeltorp, which is near Stockholm.  My parents made the flight to Stockholm all the way from Kelowna, BC to watch the games.  We have three more weeks off without games so me and my parents went to Italy for a week.  We went to Rome for 3 days, and then stayed in Naples for 2 nights and visited Pompeii and Sorrento while we were there.  The trip was awesome, Rome was a ton of fun!

First we saw the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basillica.  We did some shopping in downtown Rome and found an awesome small pizza place and made friends with the owner.  We all agreed that the pizza was the best that we had ever had, and we even went back and had pizza there again.  That night we did a night time tour of Rome called “Dark Rome”, it was supposed to be an educational tour as well as a sort of ghost tour.  The next day we went to see the Colloseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon and many other neat buildings in the area.  The next day we got up early and went to see Trevi Fountain in the day, it was awesome.

We then walked around through some neat narrow streets.  After that we took a train to Naples where we stayed the next two nights.  Naples was not a very nice city. The night we got there we walked around down by the Mediterranean Sea and ate at another small restaurant.  That night we got some drinks and stayed in at the hotel drinking on our balcony and watching the traffic.  The traffic in Naples is absolutely insane, the people drive like there are no rules, so it was quite entertaining.  The next morning we went to Pompeii.  It was really neat, it is an old city from the 3rd century B.C. that was buried by a volcano.  After Pompeii we took a train to Sorrento.  We walked around the streets there for some time and then got a bite to eat.  After that we walked through the markets and streets and got some awesome gelati.

The next day we began our trip back to Leksand.  We took a few trains to get to Rome, and then flew from Rome to Zurich, Switzerland.  We got to Zurich at about ten at night, and being that our flight the next morning was at 6:20am, we decided to pull an all nighter and see the city.  We walked through the streets and saw all of historic Zurich and we went in to a pub for some Swiss beer.  Zurich was awesome, Switzerland is definitely somewhere that I want to visit again.  (Not to mention the people of Zurich spoke excellent English, compared to Naples where there was almost no English at all).  So here I am back at my house in Leksand with my parents, I haven’t slept in 2 days, suspiciously I am not tired.


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